Shoreditch Town Hall is probably the largest existing space of its kind to come into play as a creative venue in London in a generation, and our work over the past 18 months has been focussed entirely on realising its untapped potential as a venue.
It sits at the heart of one of the most artistically vibrant areas of the city, and as a non-traditional, flexible and large capacity space, it is uniquely placed to be a real crucible for the latest creativity and cross over points between burgeoning tech and digital cluster, an established artistic community, and a highly diverse population.
Building on a solid foundation, Shoreditch Town Hall Trust has taken a range of significant steps that have seen it move from a stable but underperforming venue, to a dynamic, outward facing creative organisation, developing its own artistic and community projects for local people and beyond, and in the progress, significantly increasing the use of the building. Despite the success of the work to date, with the venue becoming a go to space for the creative industries in East London, it has only begun to scratch the surface of its potential as a real centre of gravity for the newest arts and events programmes.
Summary: Feb 2012 – Present
- Delivery of first phase of £450,000 capital works programme.
- Received £265,000 of investment from Arts Council England.
- Delivered for the first time in the venues history, a theatre and performance programme, attracting national profile and 10,000 people to the venue.
- Opened The Clove Club, a destination restaurant from one of the most talked about collectives ‘The Young Turks’.
Looking Ahead: Present – End 2014
- Continuing to build a regular live presented programme including theatre, dance, music and comedy
- Support Commissioning activity
- Completing works to unlock the potential of the Assembly Hall as a Number One 800+ seat venue.
- Making a significant contribution to Hackney as a cultural destination, not just receiving work or events but developing new work with high profile partners.
- Attracting £1.2m investment in the building over the next two years.
- Making a significant contribution to the local economy.
- Increasing high quality arts engagement, as well as making an active contribution to the development of literacy and learning skills, economic development and safer communities.